Between speakers, presentations, meetings and networking, meeting planners and attendees hardly have any time to eat healthy, let alone relax by booking a hotel spa appointment. Luckily, hotel spas have the stressed-out meeting-goers in mind, as several of them across the country are now offering shortened versions of their spa treatments.
At The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, the hotel’s spa offers a 25-minute Rush Hour Massage. The targeted massage focuses on areas that the client says needs the most attention, relieving muscle tension in minutes. Kory Keith, spa director at The Ritz-Carlton property, says that meeting planners appreciate being able to offer a spa option to their attendees, whether it’s through express services within the spa or a spa-themed breakout session.
“Time is a precious commodity for most of us, and not every guest can justify spending multiple hours in the spa,” says Keith. “Express treatments are an appealing option for business travelers and guests who might be feeling overscheduled. A 20- or 30-minute break allows our guests to push pause, bring back some balance and reduce stress. Even with an express service, we are still exposing guests to the holistic benefits of a spa treatment.”
The VALEO Spa at the JW Marriott Chicago offers the similar Wellbody Express Massage. The 20- or 30-minute massage combines pressure point techniques and stretching that re-energize attendees. The hotel also offers a FitStop program, which consists of 3-, 5- and 10-minute fitness sessions on Power Plate equipment. The sessions are particularly helpful for meeting-goers attending meetings that require a lot of sitting.
“A lot can be done in a short amount of time,” says Katie Hurley, the spa manager at VALEO spa. “Meeting planners and groups appreciate our program as it enables them to provide a full spectrum wellness experience at a reasonable cost.”
The Sea Wellness Spa at Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, Calif., focuses more on skincare. The spa’s 25-minute, HydraFacial treatment targets everything from fine lines and wrinkles to congested and enlarged pores. Rebecca Huetter, vice president of sales and marketing at the property, says that meeting planners and their attendees particularly appreciate this treatment because it gives their skin a “beachy glow” that encourages them to fit in with the locals.
“In these busy times, every minute is precious,” says Huetter. “That said, people still want to feel relaxed and refreshed, particularly after a day of travel and before going to an important event.”
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago’s Detox Massage addresses the issue of bad eating (or drinking) habits on the road. Its 30-minute detox treatment helps eliminates toxins from congested circulatory, lymphatic and respiratory systems—an ideal way for meeting planners and attendees to finish a week of meetings before heading home.